For the eighth time in the last nine seasons, the Rangers are in the playoffs.
Thanks to the Calgary Flames beating the Devils 1-0 in Newark Monday, the Rangers have clinched a berth at minimum.
The Rangers, who have three games left, cannot be caught by the Devils, who mathematically could still make the playoffs if they get a lot of help. A lot.
The Rangers play Carolina tonight, Buffalo Thursday and at Montreal Saturday. If they win two of those games they will be assured of being in the Metropolitan Division 2-3 seed series. They could also clinch that tonight with a win and a Columbus regulation loss. If they win all three the Rangers will get the No. 2 seed and home-ice in that series.
They can also get either of those spots if the Flyers and/or Columbus falter in these final six days, during which both of those teams have four games.
FWIW, Philly is at Florida tonight, at Tampa Thursday, at Pittsburgh Saturday and home against Carolina Sunday.
Columbus is home against Phoenix tonight, at Dallas Wednesday, at Tampa Friday, at Florida Saturday.
Photo by Associated Press.